Used 2012 FIAT 500

2012 FIAT 500
List price range
$6,596 - $10,997

Pros

  • Adorable styling
  • Sport and Abarth models' capable handling
  • excellent fuel economy with manual transmission
  • surprisingly spacious for two people.

Cons

  • Cramped front headroom with sunroof
  • lackluster acceleration
  • disappointing fuel economy with automatic
  • convertible's poor top-down visibility
  • wait-and-see reliability.

Used 2012 FIAT 500 for Sale

FIAT 500 2012 C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
16,044 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
C Pop
List$10,997
Est.Loan: $206/mo
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FIAT 500 2012 Sport 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
47,583 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
Sport
List$6,995
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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$192 Below Market
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***LOW MILEAGE SPORT MODEL HATCHBACK..............................2012 FIAT 500, GIALLO YELLOW WITH A BLACK/GRAY INTERIOR, 5 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION, BOSE SOUND SYSTEM, AM/FM CD PLAYER, ALL POWER, KEYLESS ENTRY, FOGLIGHTS, REAR SPOILER, REAR WIPER, ALLOY WHEELS, ONLY 47K MILES, CLEAN CARFAX***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. ALL VEHICLES SOLD AS-IS, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.
FIAT 500 2012 Sport 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
62,332 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
Sport
List$6,977
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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Rear Spoiler - Roofline, Door Handle Color - Chrome, Exhaust Tip Color - Chrome, Front Bumper Color - Body-Color, Mirror Color - Body-Color, Rear Bumper Color - Body-Color, Rear Spoiler Color - Body-Color, Side Spoilers, Window Trim - Black, Steering Ratio - 16.3, Turns Lock-To-Lock - 3.0, Air Filtration, Door Trim - Cloth, Floor Mat Material - Carpet, Floor Material - Carpet, Front Air Conditioning, Front Air Conditioning Zones - Single, Interior Accents - Chrome, Shift Knob Trim - Chrome, Steering Wheel Trim - Leather, Assist Handle - Passenger Side, Cargo Area Light, Center Console - Front Console With Armrest, Cruise Control, Cupholders - Front, Memorized Settings - Driver Seat, Multi-Function Remote - Keyless Entry, One-Touch Windows - 2, Power Steering, Reading Lights - Front, Retained Accessory Power, Steering Wheel - Tilt, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls - Audio, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls - Multi-Function, Storage - Door Pockets, Storage - Front Seatback, Storage - In Dash, Vanity Mirrors - Dual, Front Brake Type - Ventilated Disc, Front Spring Type - Coil, Front Struts - Macpherson, Front Suspension Type - Lower Control Arms, Hill Holder Control, Rear Brake Type - Disc, Rear Spring Type - Coil, Rear Suspension Type - Torsion Beam, Tuned Suspension - Sport, Abs - 4-Wheel, Axle Ratio - 3.73, Braking Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Front Brake Diameter - 10.1, Front Brake Width - .86, Front Suspension Classification - Independent, Rear Brake Diameter - 9.4, Rear Brake Width - 0.4, Rear Suspension Classification - Semi-Independent, Stability Control, Traction Control, Alternator - 105 Amps, Battery Rating - 500 Cca, Emissions - 50 State, Gauge - Tachometer, In-Dash Cd - Mp3 Playback, Total Speakers - 6, Warnings And Reminders - Maintenance Due, Warnings And Reminders - Tire Fill Alert, Wireless Data Link - Bluetooth, Antenna Type - Mast, Auxiliary Audio Input - Jack, Auxiliary Audio Input - Usb, External Temperature Display, Fuel Economy Display - Mpg, Fuel Economy Display - Range, In-Dash Cd - Single Disc, Multi-Functional Information Center, Phone - Hands Free, Premium Brand - Bose, Radio - Am/Fm, Subwoofer - 1, Trip Computer, Daytime Running Lights, Front Fog Lights, Liftgate Window - Fixed, Rear Door Type - Liftgate, Taillights - Rear Center, Spare Tire Kit - Inflator Kit, Spare Tire Kit - Tire Sealant, Tire Type - All Season, Tire Type - Performance, Wheels - Aluminum, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Tinted Glass, Window Defogger - Rear, Front Wipers - Variable Intermittent, Power Windows, Rear Wiper - With Washer, Anti-Theft System - Engine Immobilizer, Body Side Reinforcements - Side Impact Door Beams, Child Seat Anchors - Latch System, Crumple Zones - Front, Crumple Zones - Rear, Front Airbags - Dual, Hood Buckling Creases, Knee Airbags - Driver, Power Door Locks, Side Airbags - Front, Side Curtain Airbags - Front, Side Mirror Adjustments - Power, Side Mirror Type - Spotter Mirror, Driver Seat Manual Adjustments, Driver Seat Manual Adjustments - Height, Front Headrests - 2, Front Headrests - Adjustable, Front Seat Type - Bucket, Passenger Seat Manual Adjustments, Rear Headrests - 2, Rear Headrests - Adjustable, Rear Seat Folding - Split, Rear Seat Type - 50-50 Split Bench, Rear Seatbelts - 3-Point, Seatbelt Force Limiters - Front, Seatbelt Pretensioners - Front, Seatbelt Warning Sensor - Front, Upholstery - Premium Cloth
FIAT 500 2012 Lounge 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
70,760 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
Lounge
List$7,000
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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$193 Below Market
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FIAT 500 2012 C Lounge 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
90,931 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
C Lounge
List$6,596
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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$181 Below Market
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FIAT 500 2012 C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
47,929 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
C Pop
List$6,991
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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FIAT 500 2012 Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
18,866 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
Abarth
List$11,750
Est.Loan: $220/mo
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$300 Below Market
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The 2012 Fiat 500 is a two-door subcompact hatchback available as a hardtop with a moon roof. The 500 Abarth is for the most part equipped similarly to the Sport but ups performance with a turbocharged engine, an electronic limited-slip differential, adjustable stability control, firmer suspension calibration, quicker steering and a tuned exhaust. The Abarth also has the expected exterior and interior tweaks, including unique front and rear fascias, Abarth graphics/emblems, aggressively bolstered sport seats, a sport steering wheel and red accent stitching throughout the cockpit. Options essentially mirror those of the Sport, as leather seating is among the Abarth's available feature.AT GUARANTEE AUTOMAXX WE SPECIALIZE IN GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL PROGRAMS. WITH OVER 20 LENDERS AT HAND, WE FINANCE THE GOOD, BAD, NO CREDIT, BANKRUPTCY EVEN REPO. NO PROBLEM! HELP IS HERE! WITH OUR 100% CREDIT APPROVAL EVERYONE RIDES! GUARANTEE AUTOMAXX WILL SHOW YOU HOW EASY IT IS TO BUY A QUALITY USED CAR. WE OFFER A 3 MONTH/3,000 MILES POWERTRAIN WARRANTY **FREE OF CHARGE**. HERE AT GUARANTEE AUTOMAXX, WE BELIEVE THAT FAIR PRICES AND OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE LEADS TO AN OVERJOYED CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE! CALL US TODAY AT (703)445-1100 !!!
FIAT 500 2012 Lounge 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
48,577 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
Lounge
List$7,177
Est.Loan: $134/mo
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$197 Below Market
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FIAT 500 2012 Sport 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
143,565 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
Sport
(18)
Hagerstown Kia
40.1 mi away
List$4,577
Est.Loan: $86/mo
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ONE OWNER. Recent Arrival! 2012 Fiat 500 Sport 2D Hatchback 1.4L I4 16V MultiAir FWD Pearl WhiteSOLD AS-IS! Here is your chance to save big money on this Pre-Auction vehicle offered by Hagerstown Honda/KIA. **NOT FOR SALE TO MARYLAND RESIDENTS** Call before we send it to Auction @ 800-800-4727. TO RECIEVE THE INTERNET SALE PRICE THIS VEHICLE DESCRIPTION PAGE MUST BE PRINTED AND PRESENTED BEFORE PURCHASE!
FIAT 500 2012 C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
85,559 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
C Pop
List$6,998
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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$192 Below Market
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FIAT 500 2012 Pop 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
80,533 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
Pop
List$7,000
Est.Loan: $131/mo
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Prices subject to change without notice and do not include Title, License, Registration Fees, State or Local Taxes or Processing Fees, if any. Please contact seller first for vehicle availability
FIAT 500 2012 Lounge 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
63,302 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
Lounge
(5)
Car Web
47 mi away
List$6,497
Est.Loan: $122/mo
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2 Previous Owners, No Reported Accidents, 17 Documented Service Records... This vehicle comes equipped with Cloth Seats, 5 Speed, Glass Roof...VA inspected and fully detailed. Absolutely new inside and out....... Please visit our web site at www.carwebinc.com for more detailed information and free car fax report available on this vehicle. To set up an appointment for test drive feel free to contact our sales team at 540-371-1515. Vehicle sold with 1 month or 1000 miles power train warranty. prices exclude tax, tag, title and processing fee of $649.
FIAT 500 2012 C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
69,123 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
C Pop
(5)
Euro Auto Group
52.7 mi away
List$7,995
Est.Loan: $150/mo
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Maryland Inspected & Fully serviced up to date...
FIAT 500 2012 Pop 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
67,891 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
Pop
Bob Bell Chevrolet
54.4 mi away
List$5,748
Est.Loan: $108/mo
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FIAT 500 2012 Sport 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
31,910 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
Sport
List$8,495
Est.Loan: $159/mo
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Hyman Bros. accepts all trade-in's, If you have a Carmax Appraisal (We Will Beat It) We offer competitive financing in all states, If you are pre-approved with your credit union or bank (We can usually get you a lower financing rate) We have over 500 vehicles in our inventory to choose from! We can ship this vehicle to your front door for only $350! We are highly experienced in selling cars out of state and make the process simple and quick. Most of our vehicles include a 90 day/ 3,000 Mile Powertrain Warranty and a 3 day/ 150 Mile Moneyback Guarantee. We have been in business since 1946 and have maintained a perfect reputation! Please call 804-747-7007 to speak with a sales consultant or go to www.hymanbrosauto.com to view our complete inventory and more vehicle photos. ~WE FINANCE ALL TYPES OF CREDIT SITUATIONS AND GLADLY ACCEPT ALL TRADES~ SEE OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.HYMANBROSAUTO.COM
FIAT 500 2012 Sport 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
76,765 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
Sport
ListNot Listed
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FIAT 500 2012 Sport 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M)
49,913 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
Sport
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**FREE DELIVERY FOR UP TO 500 MILE RADIUS $0.40-$0.60per mile after 500-mile radius. Ask your salesperson for up to additional 6years or 100k miles extended warranty for under $2000 on qualified vehicles. � $199 for ceiling DVD or $799 for dual headrestDVD�s on qualified vehicles. We reserve the rights to end this listing or anyother listings at anytime should the vehicle no longer be available for saleand sales prices are subject to change without notice. Fees and Taxes: allvehicles sold are subject to $695.00 dealer processing fee. Buyer(s) are responsible for all state county city taxes and feesas well as title/registration fees in the state that the vehicle will beregistered. SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING IS BASED ON ONE TIME PAYMENT OF CASHCERTIFIED FUNDS MONEY ORDER AND EFT's. TOTAL PRICES ON VEHICLES FINANCED MAYVARY. WE FINANCE PEOPLE WITH ALL TYPES OF CREDIT. EVERYONE IS APPROVED. AlphaMotorsports is not responsible for TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS MISPRINTS ONEQUIPMENT VOIDED MANUFACTURER WARRANTY due to previous accident(s). Customersmust confirm all the options with the manufacturer and the remaining warrantywith the manufacturer prior of purchasing the vehicle. We print Carfax historyon the same day that we buy the vehicle from different sources AlphaMotorsports is not responsible for any changes to Carfax history in the futurePlease print your own most updated Carfax history from www.carfax.com**
FIAT 500 2012 Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
48,209 miles
Used 2012
FIAT 500
Abarth
List$9,385
Est.Loan: $175/mo
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$258 Below Market
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The 2012 Fiat 500 is a two-door subcompact hatchback available as a hardtop with a moon roof. The 500 Abarth is for the most part equipped similarly to the Sport but ups performance with a turbocharged engine, an electronic limited-slip differential, adjustable stability control, firmer suspension calibration, quicker steering and a tuned exhaust. The Abarth also has the expected exterior and interior tweaks, including unique front and rear fascias, Abarth graphics/emblems, aggressively bolstered sport seats, a sport steering wheel and red accent stitching throughout the cockpit. Options essentially mirror those of the Sport, as leather seating is among the Abarth's available feature.AT GUARANTEE AUTOMAXX WE SPECIALIZE IN GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL PROGRAMS. WITH OVER 20 LENDERS AT HAND, WE FINANCE THE GOOD, BAD, NO CREDIT, BANKRUPTCY EVEN REPO. NO PROBLEM! HELP IS HERE! WITH OUR 100% CREDIT APPROVAL EVERYONE RIDES! GUARANTEE AUTOMAXX WILL SHOW YOU HOW EASY IT IS TO BUY A QUALITY USED CAR. WE OFFER A 3 MONTH/3,000 MILES POWERTRAIN WARRANTY **FREE OF CHARGE**. HERE AT GUARANTEE AUTOMAXX, WE BELIEVE THAT FAIR PRICES AND OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE LEADS TO AN OVERJOYED CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE! CALL US TODAY AT (703)445-1100 !!!

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We'll have to wait and see about its reliability, but the 2012 Fiat 500 is yet another stylish subcompact that proves that small can be cool.

vehicle overview

There was once a car so small it made the Mini seem like a Big. That car was the Fiat 500, or Cinquecento en Italiano, and it left such an indelible impression during its 18-year lifespan that Fiat performed a Mini-like resurrection to it three years ago. Now, with Fiat purchasing Chrysler last year, the 500 was chosen to be the model that reintroduces the Fiat brand to North America.

While the original 500 was the size of a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, the 2012 Fiat 500 looks far more like a regular car -- albeit a tiny one. Compared to a 2012 Mini Cooper, it is 7 inches shorter in overall length and 2 inches narrower. However, it is also more than 4 inches taller, allowing for an elevated seating position that not only increases visibility but creates more interior legroom.

Should you want some sun, the 500C convertible (a.k.a. Cabrio) may be to your liking. It maintains the 500's side roof structure, but the center portion is replaced by a power-sliding cloth piece that stacks atop the flip-up trunk. Imagine a cross between a Porsche 911 Targa and an automatic pool cover. The upside is reduced wind and the ability to lower the roof at speeds up to 60 mph -- the downside is horrible rear visibility with the roof lowered.

At the start of this model year there was just one engine offered: a 1.4-liter 101-horsepower four-cylinder attached to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic. No, that doesn't sound like a lot of power (and it isn't), but at only 2,350 pounds, the Fiat weighs 218 pounds less than the 121-hp base Cooper, which manages to be reasonably sprightly. Those looking for more mechanical joy in their little Italian should consider the hot-rod 500 Abarth, which debuted later in the model year. Wielding a 160-hp turbocharged engine, a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes and sport seats, the 500 Abarth has the goods to give the Cooper S competition a good run.

Like the Mini Cooper, the 2012 Fiat 500 promises lots of character and personalization in a price category not usually known for those traits. It's also competitively equipped, with a base 500 listing for about four grand less than a base Mini Cooper hatchback, and more practical than choices like the 2012 Scion iQ and 2012 Smart Fortwo. While you might want to check out more traditional choices like the 2012 Ford Fiesta, 2012 Honda Fit, 2012 Hyundai Accent and 2012 Mazda 2 as they offer more room for similar money, the Fiat 500 is a solid pick for a (very) small car with lots of personality.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Fiat 500 is a two-door subcompact hatchback available as a hardtop or 500C convertible. Both body styles are available in Pop and Lounge trim levels, while the hatchback adds a Sport midgrade trim.

Standard equipment on the 500 Pop includes 15-inch steel wheels and chrome-trimmed wheel covers, keyless entry, full power accessories, heated mirrors, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The Convenience package (standard on the 500C) adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, Fiat's Blue&Me Bluetooth phone connectivity and an iPod/USB audio interface. The Bose Premium Audio package adds satellite radio along with an upgraded six-speaker system and subwoofer.

The Fiat 500 Sport gains 16-inch alloy wheels, firmer suspension tuning, retuned steering, slightly different styling, a roof spoiler, foglamps, sport seats, cloth/vinyl sport upholstery and the Pop's two optional packages. Satellite radio is a separate option, however. The Safety & Convenience package (automatic transmission required) includes automatic climate control, a compact spare tire and heated front seats.

The 500 Lounge reverts to the Pop's mechanical tuning and includes its optional packages as well. Also included are 15-inch alloy wheels, exterior chrome accents, foglamps, a fixed glass roof (hatchback only) and upgraded cloth upholstery. The Convenience Group adds rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and heated front seats. The Luxury package adds leather upholstery and upgraded trim. A sunroof and an integrated TomTom navigation system are optional on both the Sport and the Lounge. Dealer-installed accessories like interior ambient lighting and exterior graphics are also available.

The 500 Abarth is for the most part equipped similarly to the Sport but ups performance with a turbocharged engine, an electronic limited-slip differential, adjustable stability control, firmer suspension calibration, quicker steering and a tuned exhaust. The Abarth also has the expected exterior and interior tweaks, including unique front and rear fascias, Abarth graphics/emblems, aggressively bolstered sport seats, a sport steering wheel and red accent stitching throughout the cockpit. Options essentially mirror those of the Sport, as leather seating and a navigation system are among the Abarth's available features.

performance & mpg

Apart from the Abarth, all Fiat 500s are powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 101 hp and 98 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the Pop and the Sport. A six-speed automatic is standard on the Lounge and optional on the other trims.

In Edmunds performance testing, a manual-equipped Fiat 500 Sport went from zero to 60 mph in 10.5 seconds with the manual transmission -- about 1.5 seconds slower than a base Mini. An automatic-equipped 500C hit 60 mph in a rather slow 12.4 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at an excellent 30 mpg city/38 mpg highway and 33 mpg combined with the manual transmission. This drops to 27 mpg city/34 mpg highway with the automatic, which is still thrifty, but worse than almost every competitor.

The 500 Abarth is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four that makes 160 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual is the sole transmission offered. In Edmunds testing, the Abarth sprinted to 60 mph in a quick 7.1 seconds.

safety

The 2012 Fiat 500 comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, a driver knee airbag, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, a 500 Sport came to a stop from 60 mph in an impressively short 115 feet. Oddly enough, the 500 Abarth took longer at 123 feet (though in fairness that was on a slightly damp test day) while a 500C Lounge stopped in a still solid 124 feet.

In government crash tests, the 500 received three (out of five) stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for overall frontal protection and a disappointing two stars for overall side protection. However, it should be noted that side protection for the driver was five stars -- it was the rear side rating of two stars that dragged down the overall score.

driving

It may be one of the slowest cars on sale, but the non-Abarth Fiat 500 is willing and eager to pull its weight (especially with the easy-to-drive manual transmission), and exhibits more pleasing noises than other underpowered subcompacts. The steering is rather devoid of feel and numb on center, but press the Sport button on the dash and the 500's steering firms up pleasingly. This is especially true for the 500 Sport, which we think is the model to get given its more responsive handling and ride quality that still betters a Mini Cooper's.

A burbling, snarling exhaust note and a slick gearbox add to the fun of blasting around in the 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth. Its turbocharged engine's robust power band translates into plenty of usable oomph in the real world. Although a 6th gear would be nice, powering past freeway dawdlers is a breeze -- step into it and the Abarth scoots past. Driven briskly on a winding road, the Abarth takes the corners eagerly, aided by its quick steering and sticky tires. But when pushed harder, it's not as buttoned-down and composed as a Cooper, as it tends to bob around a bit during quick transitions over undulating pavement. As with the other 500 models, however, it also provides a more compliant ride than its archrival.

interior

While the Fiat 500's retro styling screams "Mini fighter," its interior raises the decibels even further. It doesn't possess as many customization options and accessories as its British archrival, but the 500 does offer snazzy two-tone color schemes and plenty of neat little design cues. It also has a more straightforward control layout than the form-over-function Mini. However, the available "Blue & Me" voice-activated iPod control is practically unusable, leaving you to use the standard auxiliary jack.

As for interior quality, the Fiat is not quite up to the Mini's level. There are more hard surfaces, but compared to other cars in its modest price range, they are pleasingly textured and generally higher in quality.

Other than the Smart Fortwo, the Fiat 500 is the smallest car sold in the United States. Nonetheless, the high-mounted front seats allow for an impressive amount of legroom even for tall drivers. Sadly, however, those same tall drivers will find their heads grazing the headliner should they get a car with the available sunroof. Headroom is always tight in the backseat, as is legroom. Unlike most other convertibles, the 500C does not suffer diminished interior space. Rearward visibility with the top fully retracted is poor, however.

Behind the hatchback's backseat you'll find 9.5 cubic feet of luggage space, considerably more than what's offered by the Mini. Lower the backseat in the hatchback and although the load floor isn't completely flat, you'll have 30.2 cubic feet of space available, or about 25 percent more than you'll get in a Cooper hatchback.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 FIAT 500.

CUSTOMER SERVICE IS PATHETIC
lamorty, 3/5/2012
I also have had "issues" with my Fiat. Some are being rectified others...my loss. Will need to wait for 6-8 weeks for a part r/t the strut. Concerned with an event.. "slipping into drive" while idling. Not explanable nor able to recreate. Now I am concerned with safety Poor customer service including refusal to give reasoning in writing, an e-mail address and also to give me the persons last name that denied minor repair. Response: "I contacted Fiat Canada via phone and therefore my response was to be via phone". Requested an appeal and denied...told she was the final say and was speaking for FIAT. All I can say is buyer beware!!! Well with FIAT CANADA anyway!
Great value but some issues
Kristina Colpitts, 3/12/2015
I love the retro look and feel, the interior is gorgeous but there are a few issues with my 3 yr old 50,000KM 500C. I bought it 3 years old and a few days ago I've started to hear some creaking noises on the passenger side and back, sounds almost like the plastic on the doors is not put together tightly... I can't figure out what it is exactly but it's SUPER annoying.
Why me!!!
nalder620, 4/14/2015
700 characters...not enough. Since day one, this car has been the most unreliable piece of poop I have ever owned. Fiat Canada has washed their hands of me, but i have decided to make all know, DO NOT BUY A FIAT!!! New transmission, new suspension, new clutch bearings, new PCM computer, rattling all over, paint peeling, lights burning out all over the place, 35 trips to the dealer and problems that they can not even fix after 8 tries!!! My car sounds like it want to start, but does not catch, have to do everything from the beginning and will start on the second shot! Thank goodness I bought a 5 year bumper to bumper warranty!!! I feel bad for those that only had a 3 year warranty :(.
The City car
Henry Zbyszynski, 12/7/2015
This car was designed to be in a city. The city mpg was always over 22 and the highway went as high as 40. Highway driving was fine with the acceleration of the manual gearbox allowing me to merge into traffic going 60+ mph. I was comfortable driving at 72 mph.Most of my driving was in the Boston area and traversing the river on a high bridge gave me no difficulty in a cross wind. The back seat was occasional used (sometime by me) by adults with no difficulty as long as the passenger seat was move forward a little. With the back seat folded down and access through the hatchback made this a useful vehicle. I always got a lot of attention in a parking lot. The looks were attractive to lots of people and the would ask me about the issues I described above. Overall, a good, reliable, stylish car.
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Features & Specs

MPG
27 city / 32 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed manual
Gas
101 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
30 city / 38 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed manual
Gas
101 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall2 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall3 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger2 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat2 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover14.5%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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"What the (heck) is that?" the driver of a Prius clearly mouths as his head pivots to follow our 2012 Fiat 500 Sport painted in a sharp metallic "Argento." He looks absolutely befuddled, obviously unable to identify the odd little car that's just puttered by in the Carl's Jr. parking lot.

It's easy to understand his confusion. Brand-new cars come out all the time, but a new car brand is something that happens only once in an azzurra moon. Of course, Fiat is not a new brand, but given that it hasn't sold cars in the U.S. since 1983, it might as well be.

As a four-seat subcompact car inspired by the styling of a 1960s automotive icon of the same name, the 500 (Cinquecento) has been a wildly successful car in Europe. If that sounds like Mini version 2.0, you'd be right, though the tiny 500 is actually smaller than its British rival. If the 500 can spark even a portion of the popular vigor that Mini has enjoyed for nearly a decade, both Fiat and the select Chrysler dealers that will sell the 500 will be positively overjoyed.

Potential buyers of the 2012 Fiat 500 shall also be pleased to know that this little car is more than just an adorable face. It's fun to drive, feels far bigger from behind the wheel than it actually is, and has a much cheaper price than a Mini Cooper.

Unfortunately, the 500 is still an Italian car built by Chrysler in the same Mexico factory that built the K-Car, Neon and PT Cruiser. That doesn't sound like a recipe for bulletproof reliability and no matter how solidly built our 500 Sport test car felt, such dubious origin will hang like a black cloud over its large glass sunroof until reports from early adopters trickle in.

Therefore, you'll have to be a bit brave to be one of those early adopters. You'll also have to be prepared to answer the question, "What the (heck) is that?"

Used 2012 FIAT 500 Overview

The Used 2012 FIAT 500 is offered in the following submodels: , , . Available styles include Pop 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M), Sport 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M), C Lounge 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl 5M), Abarth 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 5M), C Pop 2dr Convertible (1.4L 4cyl 5M), and Lounge 2dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl 5M).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 FIAT 500?

Save up to $300 on one of 18 Used 2012 FIAT 500 for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $4,577 as of08/19/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from1 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2012 FIAT 500 trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 FIAT 500 C Pop is priced between $6,991 and$10,997 with odometer readings between 16044 and85559 miles.
  • The Used 2012 FIAT 500 Sport is priced between $4,577 and$8,495 with odometer readings between 31910 and143565 miles.
  • The Used 2012 FIAT 500 Abarth is priced between $8,495 and$11,750 with odometer readings between 18866 and103631 miles.
  • The Used 2012 FIAT 500 Lounge is priced between $6,497 and$7,177 with odometer readings between 48577 and70760 miles.
  • The Used 2012 FIAT 500 Pop is priced between $5,748 and$7,000 with odometer readings between 67891 and80533 miles.
  • The Used 2012 FIAT 500 C Lounge is priced between $6,596 and$6,596 with odometer readings between 90931 and90931 miles.

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